Blizzard has included an updated DirectX path in the latest beta of its upcoming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
, bringing DX11 to WoW
Enabling DirectX 11 in WoW: Cataclysm
requires the appropriately powerful hardware, as well as some tinkering with shortcuts as the mode isn't officially rolled out yet.
The appropriately titled PC Games Hardware
have detailed how to enable DirectX 11 in WoW: Cataclysm
, so check out the instructions below.
Expand a shortcut to the woW.exe with "-d3d11". Alternatively, open the "Config.wtf" in "\ World of Warcraft \ Beta \ WTF" and add the line SET gxApi "d3d11" (with quotes)
We haven't tried it ourselves yet, but judging by the comparison screenshots the new graphical effects offered within WoW
aren't spectacular. Spells and characters now cause reflections in lava and water - that's about it.
That said, Cataclysm
is still in beta, so hopefully we'll see some further updates in the future - as well as the quashing of the few graphical bugs that DX 11 mode can currently cause in WoW
Are you in the Cataclysm
beta? Let us know your thoughts inthe forums